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LAKE REGION AUDUBON SOCIETY
EAGLE WATCH PROGRAM SUPPORT TEAM

The LRAS will be organizing a group to monitor eagle nest in Polk County for the Eagle Watch Program. Participants will be assigned a nest that is close to their home. All volunteers on this project will learn about bald eagles and how to submit their observations. Lynda White from the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey will provide the training. The data collected is important for ongoing research and future management of the species. Only two reports per month are required per nest, although you may choose to have more than one nest. Below are some of the program objectives as published by the Eagle Watch Program. Feel free to send any questions you may have to eaglewatch@lakeregionaudubon.org. Your help will be highly appreciated by those working with eagles in the field and the eagles themselves. This is a great opportunity to learn more about this magnificent birds.

Program Objectives

Since urban eagle nesting activity in Florida has increased dramatically in the last decades, the Audubon EagleWatch Program seeks to:

  • Compile data for publication to document urban nesting activity
  • Emphasize monitoring of urban pairs to record long-term nesting trends
  • Identify potential threats to nesting success since most threats are related directly or indirectly to human activity
  • Expand Audubon EagleWatch on a statewide basis while generating increased public awareness of our national symbol. This will include programs designed to educate the citizens of Florida in ways to help ensure the continued recovery of the bald eagle.

What laws protect Bald Eagles today?

The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA) – specifically defines illegal acts including “the take of any Bald Eagle…alive or dead, or any part, nest or egg thereof.” ‘Take’ also includes “to pursue, shoot, shoot at, poison, wound, kill capture, trap, collect, molest, or disturb.” Fines can be $5,000 and/or two years of imprisonment.

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) – protects migratory species with fines for violations ranging up to $2, 000 and/or two years of imprisonment.

What does Audubon EagleWatch accomplish?

The Audubon EagleWatch Program started in 1992 in the Central Florida region, with only 22 volunteers. Today the program is statewide, reaching more communities each year and continuing to heighten awareness of Bald Eagle nesting activities throughout the state. Recent accomplishments include:

  • Monitoring 270+ nests, more than 20% of the state’s population
  • Utilizing over 250 informed volunteers to monitor active nest sites
  • Locating and verifying an average of 6 new nests per year
  • Saving nests from destruction by illegal development
  • Promptly rescuing fallen eaglets after storms
 

Take action and help the Bald Eagles by volunteering some of your time with Eagle Watch and the LRAS.

Eaglets at the Circle B Bar nest PO039
Young eagle first flight
Eaglet at the Circle B Bar nest PO169
Breeding pair from eagle nest PO039.
Can you tell the male from the female?
Photography © R. Munguia/wildstockphotos.com
 
 

 

 


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